On Saturday 9 April the family and friends of Joanne Shalimov gathered in our church for her funeral, many having travelled from as far away as the Queensland Gold Coast and the south and west of NSW. Joanne, who was born in 1972 and departed this life on 31 March 2016 aged 43, was a granddaughter of Michael Shalimov, one of the builders of our small church. After the funeral service her body was laid to rest in Wallsend Cemetery a short distance from the graves of her grandparents, Michael and Nina. Joanne is survived by her parents Nick and Raisa and her brother Dean and his family, to whom we offer condolences. May God give rest to his newly-departed handmaiden!